The Regional Western Sweden SOM Survey 2012

SND-ID: SND 0939

This study is part of the collection The Regional Western Sweden SOM survey

Description Data and documentation

Alternative title

Väst-SOM 2012

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

University of Gothenburg, SOM Institute


Western SOM has been conducted yearly since 1992, but was initially limited to residents of Gothenburg and its surrounding municipalities. In 1998, the survey was extended to include the entire Västra Götaland County plus the municipality of Kungsbacka.

The purpose of the regional surveys is to enable SOM researchers to study attitudes and behaviour linked to local and regional issues. They emphasise public services and media, although many of the questions are identical with those used in National SOM in order to make the answers comparable both between the regions and with Sweden at large.


Study attitudes and behaviors that are linked to local and regional issues and phenomena.



Research principal, contributors, and funding

Research principal

University of Gothenburg

Responsible department/unit

University of Gothenburg, SOM Institute
Protection and ethical review

Data contains personal data


Method and time period

Unit of analysis


Individuals aged 16-85 years and residing in the county of Västra Götaland or Kungsbacka municipality

Sampling procedure

Probability: Simple random
Western SOM 2012 was conducted as a survey based on one sample and one questionnaire.During the period 1998-2009 Western SOM was carried out with two different questionnaires.

Time period(s) investigated


Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Kungsbacka Municipality, Västra Götaland County

Lowest geographic unit


Highest geographic unit

County (NUTS3)


Bergström, A. & Ohlsson, J. (eds.) (2013) En region för alla? : Medborgare, människor och medier i Västsverige : den västsvenska SOM-undersökningen 2012. Göteborg: SOM-institutet. ISBN: 978-91-89673-31-01.
Libris Swepub SOM Institute publications Institutional Repository
ISBN: 978-91-89673-29-8

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The Regional Western Sweden SOM Survey 2012

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University of Gothenburg, SOM Institute (2014). <em>The Regional Western Sweden SOM Survey 2012</em>. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0. <a href=""></a>

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Data format / data structure


Creator/Principal investigator(s)

University of Gothenburg, SOM Institute

Data collection

  • Mode of collection: Self-administered questionnaire: paper
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 2012-09-28–2013-02-19
  • Data collector: Kinnmark
  • Sample size: 6000
  • Number of responses: 3186
  • Source of the data: Population group



Number of individuals/objects


Published: 2014-04-23
Last updated: 2019-02-06